UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: NU shoots down Adamson in season opener
National University opened its campaign in the 80th UAAP women's volleyball competition with a four-set victory over Adamson University.
National University turned back Adamson University 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-13, Saturday to live up to its preseason billing as one of the top contenders the in the 80th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.
Third year playmaker Jasmines Nabor had a superb game, orchestrating the fluid offense of the Lady Bulldogs, who lost a returning libero Bia General due to academic problems, effectively utilizing graduating star 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, Risa Sato and Aiko Urdas.
Santiago led all scorers with 16 points coming off 11 attacks, four kill blocks and a service ace for the Lady Bulldogs, who are in search for a return stint in the Final Four after missing the cut in the previous two seasons. Audrey Paran and Urdas scored nine each while Rosalyn Doria and Sato got eight each for NU.
After yielding the third set in a dismal defensive effort that saw the Lady Falcons open a double-digit gap, NU returned the favor by building a 19-9 lead to control the match.
The Lady Bulldogs overhauled a four-point deficit late in the second set, 17-21, in a run capped by Sato’s back-to-bac aces to tie the frame at 22. Eli Soyud put Adamson back on top, 23-22, on an off speed kill but Santiago answered with a hit and a kill block before Roselyn Doria denied Chiara Permentilla’s attack to claim a 2-0 match lead.
NU easily took the opening set with the Lady Falcons giving away 10 points off their errors.
Adamson opened up a 19-9 gap in the third set and never looked back, pounding the Lady Bulldogs with 15 kills and nailing four aces while buckling down on net defense with Joy Dacoron and Mylene Paat frustrating Santiago and other NU hitters.
But it was all Lady Bulldogs in the fourth.
Rookie transferee out of De La Salle-Lipa Chiara Permentilla debuted with 12 points while returning player Mylene Paat, who skiped last year's tournament, had 11 markers. Dacoron finished with nine while graduating team captain Jema Galanza was limited to only six markers for Adamson, which gave away 35 points off errors.
Eli Soyud, who is making a comeback after transfering from DLSU, had seven.
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